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October 4, 2012

Creationism doesn't stand up to science


What defies logic is to think that our scientific understanding of the world should be shackled by religious belief.

Creationists enjoy poking holes in what they call the “theory” of evolution. They point out gaps in the fossil record or hoaxes such as the Piltdown man as evidence that evolution is a flawed system.

But science does not demand perfection. Science is an unending quest for knowledge. What we teach our children today in school should represent the best of our contemporary knowledge, with the awareness that it is all subject to change as additional research reveals new truths.

The day may come when the modern theory of evolution is replaced with a different understanding of how life came to be on Earth. But that day has not yet come. In the meantime, public schools should remain a place where the dominant scientific ideas of the day are presented. Let’s leave religious beliefs out of it.

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